Pioneer AVIC 8000NEX with CarPlay

Pioneer last month announced five aftermarket options aimed at enabling CarPlay on older vehicles, with Apple confirming both Pioneer and Alpine aftermarket CarPlay integration coming later this year.

Today, the Japanese company has shown off how Apple’s in-car solution works in tandem with its NEX dash systems and we have a video right after he jump. Just like native CarPlay integration, customers simply plug in their handset and the NEX hardware then takes over and displays CarPlay interface on a built-in capacitive touchscreen (still a rarity in aftermarket systems)…

All of the CarPlay features are supported, including Maps, making phone calls, reading incoming messages, music playback, Siri and so forth. And thanks to Siri, you could control CarPlay without having to touch a screen at all.

Pioneer CarPlay aftermarket (image 004)
Pioneer’s work-in-progress CarPlay aftermarket software.

Currently, ambient noise distracts Siri, but Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for Pioneer Car Electronics, tells MacWorld that the issue will be solved:

Siri will acclimate to your car’s sounds—the whoosh of the air conditioner, the hum of the engine (the sound of your kids bickering in back?) — and learn to distinguish your voice from everything else.

Watch the Flash-only video embedded below.

Pioneer will enable CarPlay compatibility on both new and existing NEX hardware by way of a firmware update. The following 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers will support CarPlay: the AVIC-8000NEX, AVIC-7000NEX, AVIC-6000NEX, AVIC-5000NEX and AVH-4000NEX.

Price start at $700 for the AVH-4000NEX and go all the way up to $1,400 in the case of the AVIC-8000NEX unit, which is still way cheaper than having to buy a pricey new car just to enjoy CarPlay integration.

These in-dash kits are available at authorized Pioneer Car Electronics dealers nationwide, including Best Buy, Crutchfield and Car Toys. Alpine will be bringing its own $500-$750 aftermarket CarPlay kits to market this Fall.

More information about Pioneer’s CarPlay kits is available here.

CarPlay requires an iPhone 5/5c/5s and iOS 7.1.

  • John Tremendol

    Now did you say flash-only? What the hell iDB?

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      If you want to blame someone don’t blame iDB blame the entertainment industry. Thanks to the entertainment industry soon we’ll be moving into an era where DRM is part of the HTML specification and every website will require its own proprietary plugin…

      • John Tremendol

        The thing is idb is an apple related website featuring articles related to iphone, ipod, ipad, or in general ios, and most of the users access the articles through their ios devices, and as you may know, ios does not support flash. There, i said it.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        The thing is iDB didn’t make the video. If you want to watch it in your iOS device (like I just did) I highly recommend purchasing the Puffin web browser from the AppStore…

      • John Tremendol

        What do you expect? So you say i should copy the link from idb’s tweet and paste it onto your “puffin browser” and then finally read the article? Ain’t nobody got time for that. They could just upload the video to myjailbreakmovies if not able to give the link to the youtube video of the original uploader

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        They’d need permission to do that since they don’t own the copyright of the original video. Also I didn’t have to copy and paste the URL to watch the video in Puffin browser either. I have a bookmark set up that when tapped opens the current page in Safari in the Puffin web browser.


        Your a bitch

      • @dongiuj

        Now, now. Calm down, ladies.

      • John Tremendol

        Whom are you talking to?



  • AltF5

    And yet it still looks slow… I have a Pioneer AVH system (2014 line) and the touchscreen senitivity *kills* me when driving. Its probably “best of the best” (which is sad) out there other than Mfg line units, but I guess I am overly conditioned with the touch capacity and responsivness of our iPhone.
    Watch how hard she preses the screen and how long of a delay it takes for the icon to “press in” until the time that the desired “app” launches. Looks frustrating. I would upgrade to an NEX model if it had more along the lines of what even my blackberry can register on its digitizer, but I honestly don’t want to feel like I am using an ATM when driving. Still more productive for CD Slot Mounted iDevice. I bet there are iPad Mini mounts too to blow away these screens :/. (ps not hating on anything or anything other than being underwhelmed by the Aftermarket touchscreen BS). This is where Car Mfg will probably dominate [like Ford systems that integrate CarPlay or whatnot]. My 2 cents FWIW.

    EDIT: I would still recommend Pioneer for its best attempt at being best of the best for Aftermarket car AV (minus its overbearing attempts to ensure parkingbreaks are not bypassed). I have yet to own a better HU (unless you don’t go the touchscreen route and it has a slew of EQ and parametric pass filters on it to balance out sound to a whole ‘nother level). Definitely great for old iPod [classic lines] that couldn’t allow control over the UI when connected (sad that apple just recently (2012 if u will) added this bi-directional accessory connection music control as of 6.1 unless jailbroken in prior versions)

  • Tom

    I want carplay only display.